Coloma, California

Chinese Store - Coloma California
Chinese Store - Coloma California

Photo Details

Town: Coloma , California

Year: 2006

Copyright: 4 Original photography - WesternMiningHistory.com

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Photo Description

Sign at site reads:

These two stone buildings known as the Wah Hop and Man Lee Stores were built by Jonas Wilder before 1860 and leased to Chinese merchants. Located at the edge of a large Chinese community, they sold traditional foods, clothing, and other items. Such stores were also social centers and places for receiving news about other Chinese communities in the state. After a disatrous fire destroyed Coloma's Chinese quarter in 1883, most of the Chinese left town.